Tere are 16 collaborators on the new Gorillaz album (albeit spread over 14 tracks), variety being their preferred spice. So many voices in the mix can create an album that runs off kilter, however, and sadly that’s what’s happened this time around. Tere’s stuff that should be brilliant but isn’t (De La Soul’s Momentz and Grace Jones’ Charger), and stuff that’s forgettable and boring (Sex Murder Party and Carnival). In between these stinky cowpats there are some lush green pastures to roll around in, including Vince Staples on Ascension, an infectious, jaunty, light-footed number, Saturnz Barz, a shimmering, lowslung slice of dancehall, and She’s My Collar feat Kali Urchis, breathless, urgent and playful simultaneously. Andromeda followed by Busted and Blue are sweet, atmospheric electro numbers where Damon can use his voice most effectively, heartbroken and real. Benjamin Clementine channels Nina Simone on Hallelujah Money –entirely mismatched until it all starts to converge in the chorus and a choir cements it, whilst We Got Te Power with Jehnny Beth closes the album with a call to arms - punchy clapping and unbridled shouts of enthusiasm light this song up like fireworks. Too many guests spoil the broth on this Gorillaz album – musically it’s decidedly patchy - but the good tunes are really good, so just pick the bits you don’t like out and leave them on the side.



Te Radiophonic Workshop’s Burials In Several Earths marks their first studio album since 1985 and it is, without any doubt, a science-fiction nightmare that will haunt your waking hours.With its improvised recording style, Burials in Several Earths is a magnificent example of the blending of truly human musicianship with the robotic and scientific nature of electronic instruments. Te Radiophonic Workshop declares that “what you hear is what happened in the moment” and this only adds to the unpredictable essence of the album as each episode evolves like a living, breathing organism. Comprising of five bloody long tracks all named after moments of Francis Bacon’s sci-fi novel New Atlantis, such as Some Hope of Land and Te Strangers’ House, the album takes you on a celestial journey. It is a culmination of all things avant- garde and all things sci-fi and it will make you scramble around for your copy of 2001: A Space Odyssey to play on loop. To get the full, intense experience I recommend you plug-in to this album late at night with your headphones and in the depths of darkness. It might drive you mad, but I think that’s part of the fun.




Punk and hip hop had a baby. It’s named Ho99o9: United States of Horror. It’s due date May 5th. Te standout debut album feels much like hardcore anti-establishment punk once did, raw and no shits given. However, Ho99o9 have incorporated hints of hip hop and introduced the punk world to the poetic and rhythmic aspect of the genre and merged the two. It’s produced something very refreshing. Te album track United States of Horror stays true to the rest of the album with its heavy social slants and a political drive. Ho99o9’s message is clear: Us V Tem. Us being the Ginny pigs with little or no say in society. Tem being those at the top. It’s very revolutionary. Expressing views in a way which entices you to also look at society negatively and stick a big middle finger to it. Not many albums have the power to do so. Ho99o9 have proved with this album they’re great assets to the punk scene, showing how it can adapt to remain relevant and keep with the times.


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